NY Jets WR Garrett Wilson calls out referee bias in the NFL

Justin Fried
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Death, taxes, and complaining about referees while watching an NFL game — the three certainties in life. For NY Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson, he made sure to hit on the last one when watching last Saturday night's playoff matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Amidst the Chargers' epic collapse, star defensive lineman Joey Bosa was ejected from the game after receiving a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

The first penalty Bosa received came after he appeared to say something to head official Shawn Smith late in the third quarter. It's unclear what Bosa said, but whatever it was, it was enough to earn him a 15-yard penalty.

Wilson watched this happen and had an interesting take on what might have caused it. He believes there's some bias at play, specifically as it pertains to players from a certain university.

Wilson accused Smith of being biased toward Ohio State alumni in the NFL, which Wilson and Bosa both are. Once it was pointed out in the replies that Smith was actually from Michigan (the home state of Ohio State's biggest rivals), Wilson replied that it was "all adding up now."

Who knows how serious Wilson actually was about his claim, but it's clear that he didn't agree with the call.

Garrett Wilson put up historic numbers in 2022 regardless of his perceived referee bias

This isn't the first time that Wilson has publicly complained about NFL officiating either. Wilson previously tweeted about how a referee had told him "this ain't Ohio State no more," in reference to him not getting the calls he was looking for.

Despite the lack of respect Wilson believes he was shown by the NFL referees in 2022, the rookie first-rounder still set numerous Jets rookie records and established himself as one of the best young receivers in football.

Wilson finished with 83 catches for 1,103 yards and four touchdowns including eight games with 75+ yards. The former Ohio State star hit the ground running as a rookie and was one of the few consistently effective pieces in a struggling Jets offense.

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Garrett Wilson may not like the lack of calls against him and his fellow Ohio State alumni, but much like Bosa, it hasn't really slowed down his career. At the end of the day, that's what's most important anyway.

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